The nurse is working with a client with a somatoform disorder. Which client outcome goal would the nurse most likely establish in this situation?
A. The client will recognize signs and symptoms of physical illness. B. The client will cope with physical illness. C. The client will take prescribed medications. D. The client will express anxiety verbally rather than through physical symptoms.
The client will express anxiety verbally rather than through physical symptoms.
The client with a somatoform disorder displaces anxiety onto physical symptoms. The ability to express anxiety verbally indicates a positive change toward improved health. The remaining responses do not indicate any positive change toward increased coping with anxiety.